/skerr"euh leuhs, skur"-/, adj.
1. grossly or obscenely abusive: a scurrilous attack on the mayor.
2. characterized by or using low buffoonery; coarsely jocular or derisive: a scurrilous jest.
[1570-80; SCURRILE + -OUS]
Syn. 1. vituperative, insulting, offensive. 2. vulgar.

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